The Natural Sciences degree programme is designed to equip graduates with the competences required to interpret the natural world at multiple levels, including its biotic and abiotic components and the interactions between them.
Offering a combination of biology and earth sciences, the curriculum trains students to interpret the biological component of the natural world and the environments of which it is part, or has been in the past, bringing to light the connections that exist between organisms and the substratum. In particular, it offers a typically multidisciplinary curriculum that covers biology to geology and geography, underpinned by a sound grounding in chemistry and physics.
Natural Sciences graduates can pursue technical and operational roles in professions connected with the survey, classification, analysis, conservation and restoration of the biotic components of natural, aquatic and land ecosystems, in parks and nature reserves, scientific museums and educational centres.
They can also pursue careers associated with the diffusion of scientific knowledge in publishing companies; the analysis and monitoring of biological processes and systems in both a natural and man-made context, for the protection of the natural heritage and the improvement of environmental quality; and in the identification and protection of cultural and naturalistic heritage.
Application and admission: Open.
There is a test to evaluate the candidates’ personal knowledge, which must be taken before enrolment. The test is carried out through TOLC (the TOLC tests valid for admission are TOLC-B and TOLC-S, CISIA OnLine Test, www.cisiaonline.it ).
Additional learning obligations (OFA)
Students who do not pass the entrance examination on mathematics are assigned additional learning obligations (OFA, Obblighi formativi aggiuntivi) that they must fulfil in accordance with the provisions of the Programme Structure.
OFA: English language
Students must have level B1 proficiency in English. Proficiency may be certified at the time of matriculation by submitting a certificate of level B1 language proficiency or better, or by sitting the SLAM (University Language Centre) Placement test during the first year of studies only, between September and December. Students who do not pass the test must follow the SLAM language courses and obtain appropriate certification within the year the plan of study calls for a language exam.
Within the ERASMUS+ programme, students enrolled on the Bachelor's Degree Programme in Natural Sciences can benefit from agreements signed with Spanish, French, and Romanian universities. During their period abroad, students can take courses and the relevant exams, or carry out research activities for their degree thesis. Students admitted to the mobility programme must submit a study plan listing the educational activities to be carried out abroad, with the relevant CFU credits. The number of credits in the plan should approximately equal the number of credits that the student would achieve during the same period of time at the University of Milan.
The proposed activities, chosen from the range of options available at the host university, must be consistent with the degree programme's training project. The proposed plan must be submitted to the Erasmus commission of the Interdepartmental Academic Board for approval. In the case of any gaps in fundamental courses, the Commission may ask the student to sit an interview on an agreed programme at the University of Milan, in addition to the exams taken at the host university.
At the end of the mobility programme, in accordance with the University guidelines, the exams listed in the approved study plan and passed by the student will be recorded in the student career log under the original name of the course in the foreign university. The relevant ECTS credits will be converted into CFU credits, with grades out of 30.
Mandatory for laboratory activities, field research and stages; recommended for other teaching activities.
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For students enrolled on bachelor’s, master’s and single cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments of different amounts and with different payment deadlines:
- the first, corresponding to the minimum amount, is the same for all students
- the second - technically referred to as an ‘all-inclusive fee’- that is variable.
Students can also be entitled for tuition fee reductions such as:
- lowering for students who meet high merit requirements
- fixed amounts calculated on the basis of the student's citizenship group for those with income/property abroad
- support for students who have political refugee status.
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The University also provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students), including:
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